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20 Cards in this Set

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flat affect
absence of or diminution in the amount of emotional tone or outward emotional reaction typically shown by oneself or others under similar circumstances; a milder form is termed blunted affect
absence of menstruation
loss of capacity to experience pleasure
-is 'diffuse' w/ no focus and is 'vague' in nature
-has feelings of uncertainty, hopelessness, isolation, alienation, and being overwhelmed w/ insecurity
-a person is experiencing anxiety when their 'core of personality' is being threatened
-begins with birth and ends with death
-corrected by coping mechanisms
is the key to helping an anxious person
Fear vs. Anxiety
specific focus vs. vague w/ no specific focus
Locus of Control
A personality orientation characterized either by the belief that one can control events by one's own efforts (internal locus of control) or that the future is determined by forces outside one's control (external locus of control).
DSM-IV-TR definition of mental illness:
A clinically significant behavioral or psychological syndrome or pattern that occurs in an individual and that is associated with present distress or disability or with a significantly increased risk of suffering death, pain, disability, or an important loss of freedom...and is not merely an expectable...response to a particular event.
Townsend definition of mental illness:
Maladaptive responses to stressors from the internal or external environment, evidenced by thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that are incongruent with the local and cultural norms, and interfere w/ the individual's social, occupational, and/or physical functioning.
Covering up a real or perceived weakness by emphasizing a trait one considers more desirable.
Refusing to acknowledge the existence of a real situation or the feelings associated with it.
The transfer of feelings from one target to another that is considered less threatening or that is neutral.
An attempt to increase self worth by acquiring certain attributes and characteristics of an individual one admires
An attempt to avoid expressing actual emotions associated with a stressful situation by using the intellectual process of logic, reasoning, and analysis.
Integrating the beliefs and values of another individual into one's own ego structure.
Separating a thought or memory from the feeling, tone, or emotion associated with it.
Non-rational to keep escaping from daily stress.
Attributing feelings or impulses unacceptable to one's self to another person.
Rationalization (Co-Dependent)
Attempting to make excuses or formulate logical reasons to justify unacceptable feelings or behaviors.
Reaction Formation
Preventing unacceptable or undesirable behaviors from being expressed by exaggerating opposite thoughts or types of behaviors